Truck Accidents Due to Driver Fatigue
Most people need around 8 hours of sleep per night. Failure to sleep appropriately can lead to sleep deprivation and could have a cumulative effect which may lead to fatigue. Being awake when one by nature should be sleeping is called circadian desynchronizarion and can also lead to fatigue. This is common with truck drivers who many times drive when the body is used to being in sleeping mode.
As South Florida Truck Accident attorneys we are well aware of the dangers fatigued truck drivers impose on the road. A fatigued driver increases the likelihood that he/she will cause an accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) determined that about 750 people per year die due to accidents caused by fatigue truck drivers . The FMCSA also determined that some 20,000 people are injured due to fatigued truck drivers as well. It should be noted that large trucks account for 3% of all registered vehicles and yet account for 13% of fatalities on the road.
Much of the reason these truck drivers operate their vehicles in a fatigued condition is due to economical or financial motivation. Indeed, the trucking industry generates about $255 billion dollars per year. Commercial transportation is big business and there are about 200,000 commercial drivers in the U.S.A. The average truck driver makes about 30.3 cents per mile. The trucking industry provides a key service in transporting goods over land. In fact 60% of all freight in the U.S.A. is carried by trucks. Therefore, it is evident that truckers and commercial trucking companies are motivated to make as many deliveries as they can in the shortest time span. This leads to truck drivers operating their trucks in fatigued conditions in the Miami area and ultimately leads to accidents.
Early morning and mid-afternoon are peak hours for fatigue related accidents. Truck drivers are more susceptible to driver fatigue between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. As Miami truck accident attorneys we understand that most fatigue related accidents tend to occur at this time. Truck drivers can also cause accidents due to grogginess right after they awake. Accidents due to fatigue or grogginess tend to be more severe because of delayed reaction time. Some signs of fatigue are yawning, lane drifting, feeling fidgety or irritable, heavy eyelids, and misjudging traffic situations. Furthermore, tiredness and fatigue can have an effect on a driver long before any symptoms are noticeable.
Some studies theorize that fatigue related accidents are higher than previously thought. Some studies suggest that 20% to 24% of all trucking accidents are related to driver fatigue. Some estimates relay that about 50% of truck drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel at one time or another. It is always a good idea to keep a close eye on commercial vehicles when one is on the road. Being aware of these dangers is a good way to prevent an accident.
Florida truck accident attorneys are here to assist you 24/7. If you have any questions or concerns about truck accidents in the South Florida area please call us for a free consultation. We can be reached at 1.888.41.8353.